May 2013 Horticulture Tips

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Horticulture Tip for the week of May 5-11, 2013
Title: Lawn Watering

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

When watering your lawn, it’s better to apply greater quantities of water less frequently and worse to apply less water more frequently.  Stretching out the interval between watering will encourage the grass to grow deeper roots in its search for water.  If you have a drought later in the season, your lawn will more easily be able to handle the stress if it has a well-developed root system.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of May 12-18, 2013
Title: Beans and Peas

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Beans and peas don’t require a lot of extra nitrogen, so be careful with the fertilizer. That’s because they can fix their own nitrogen. Too much extra nitrogen will encourage excessive vine growth and will delay fruiting and pod set.  After the beans or peas are fully formed, pick them.  This will encourage further production.  

 Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of May 19-25, 2013
Title: Pumpkins

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Pumpkins are a fall favorite, but will take a lot of space in your garden.  If you are short on space, pinch the ends of the vines once the number of fruits that you want have set.  This will stop any additional fruit production and help insure large fruit size.  When harvesting, color is not always a good indicator of ripeness.  Be sure to wait until the rind cannot be penetrated by a fingernail to insure that it is really ready to pick.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of May 26 to June 1, 2013
Title: Moving House Plants Outdoors

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

If you want to move your house plants outdoors for the summer, wait until nighttime temperatures are staying above 55 degrees consistently.  Be careful about putting them in sunlight too quickly; they may sunburn.  It’s better to start them out in the shade, and progressively move them to sunnier locations, depending on their light preferences.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.